Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region. It is a place where the Javanese language is spoken in its purest form. It is a hub of education and culture, where the local customs and traditions have been brilliantly preserved over the years. In its efforts to keep pace with changing times, this Indonesian city has become a developed urban centre. However, it has still managed to maintain a good balance between tradition and modernity.
Eating out in Yogyakarta
One of the most popular dishes in this city is Pecel, which comprises of rice and mixed vegetables. Another delicacy to savour is the Satay Klatak made of lamb meat seasoned and grilled using thin metallic skewers. You would also like Bebek Goreng or Fried Duck served with a sauce called 'sambal' and rice. You can relish all the mouth-watering treats of the city during your Yogyakarta holidays at Verandah Alfresco restaurant located at Jl. Laksda Adisucipto.
Places to visit in Yogyakarta
You would be amazed by the magnificent construction and sculptures of Prambanan Temple upon visiting the complex. The Borobudur Temple also makes for an interesting visit, as it is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. A wide range of paintings, relics, and artefacts can be explored in the Ullen Sentalu Museum. You can take a break from sightseeing and relax amidst long stretches of sands, head to the Sepanjang Beach.
Fun activities in Yogyakarta
A trip to the Kalibiru National Park would give you the opportunity to enjoy rock climbing and tightrope walking while savouring the marvellous views. It would come as a surprise to many that sandboarding can be enjoyed in this part of the world on the dunes of Parangkusumo. You can feel the adrenaline rush while body rafting at the Kalisuci Caves. For a wonderful shopping experience, visit the Ambarrukmo Plaza, one of the best malls in the city.
Nightlife in Yogyakarta
When the sun goes down in this part of the world, you would find the bars, pubs, lounges and nightclubs in its vibrant areas come alive with their exciting offerings. You can also enjoy the traditional performing arts at the designated venues in Yogyakarta. The Sheraton Hotel has a stylish club called Hugo's, which features some live performances and thrilling numbers from talented DJs.
Accommodation in Yogyakarta
There are plenty of options in accommodation for budgets of all kinds in this Indonesian city. If you wish to have a luxurious stay, there are several five-star hotels of reputed international brands that offer well-appointed rooms and suites for their guests. For mid-range budgets, there are some nice homestays and inns equipped with basic facilities. Bed and Breakfasts and hostels provide cheap accommodations for travellers with limited budgets. You can get around in the city using buses, taxis, trishaws, horse-carts, and rented cars or motorcycles.
Festivals in Yogyakarta
Christmas and New Year's Eve is celebrated in the city with festive decorations and parties. Idul Fitri and Idul Adha are the two major festivals celebrated in Yogyakarta by the Muslim population. The Yogyakarta Arts Festival hosts a variety of cultural activities that include live music, puppet shows, and traditional dances. Members of the Hindu community celebrate the beginning of their new year with the Nyepi festival, which gives great significance to meditation and silence is observed by many, even on the city's streets.
Best time to visit Yogyakarta
The dry season from April to October would be an ideal time to visit this Indonesian city, as you would not be threatened by rains during your sightseeing trips and other outdoor activities. The cheap holidays to Yogyakarta offered by Lowest2 not only give you the chance to enjoy greater savings but also includes the best offerings of this Indonesian city.
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